The Queen visits Colossus

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The Queen visited TNMOC on 15 July 2011 to see Colossus as part of her visit to Bletchley Park to pay tribute to the men and women who worked there during World War II.

Expected only to spend two minutes viewing Colossus, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh seemed to be enthralled and spent ten minutes in TNMOC. They spoke with Tony Sale about the rebuild of Colossus, the world's first modern computer, and with Mrs Liz O'Connell who, as a WREN, worked on an original Colossus during the war.

The Queen then met George the Robot, who managed a few deferential steps rather than a proper bow.

Andy Clark, Chairman of TNMOC Trustees, was delighted with the visit and the interest shown by the Queen and the Duke.

The Queen was visiting Bletchley Park to pay tribute to the men and women who worked at Bletchley Park during the war and to unveil a memorial to them. It is generally believed that the codebreaking efforts at Bletchley Park shortened the war by two years.

We hope to have some photos in a few days' time.

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